I have had jobs in management and owned my own company, and if anyone blatantly defied something I said needed to be done, they would either be looking for a job or be reassigned to a lessor capacity. So why doesn't the chief executive of this country follow such a simple business philosophy?
When news first came out about the waterboarding tapes being destroyed, we found out Harriet Miers even had the common sense to say no. The CIA ignored that and did it anyways. Now, in the very sense of checks and balances, we find out the CIA destroyed them despite court orders:
The Bush administration was under court order not to discard evidence of detainee torture and abuse months before the CIA destroyed videotapes that revealed some of its harshest interrogation tactics.
Normally, that would force the government to defend itself against obstruction allegations. But the CIA may have an out: its clandestine network of overseas prisons.
While judges focused on the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and tried to guarantee that any evidence of detainee abuse would be preserved, the CIA was performing its toughest questioning half a world away. And by the time President Bush publicly acknowledged the secret prison system, interrogation videotapes of two terrorism suspects had been destroyed.